Mrs. Teresa Love, Principal
I was raised in North Tampa and attended Chamberlain High School. I received my B.A. from the University of South Florida and began my teaching career at Lake Myrtle Elementary in Lake Padgett, in Land O’ Lakes. While at Lake Myrtle, I taught all grades and subjects, Kindergarten through fifth grade. I later transferred to Denham Oaks Elementary School in Lutz. While at Denham Oaks, I earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. My first Assistant Principal position at was at Deer Park Elementary in New Port Richey. Two years later I became the Assistant Principal at Quail Hollow Elementary in Wesley Chapel. Two years after that, I was asked to be the Principal at Cypress Elementary School, in New Port Richey. In 2010, I had the amazing privilege of opening Odessa Elementary! I consider it a true honor to be a part of the Pasco Educational System, and especially to work at Odessa!
My wonderful husband and I live in Land O’ Lakes, and enjoy spending time with our families and our large furry children.
Mr. John Thomas, Assistant Principal
Hello Wildcats! I am a born and raised Tampa Native. After I graduated from King High School, I received my Associate’s Degree from St. Leo College and then joined the US Army. After four years of Active Duty service I returned to Tampa to attend USF where I received my B.S. in Elementary Education. I continued on into graduate school (because I like to suffer) and earned my M.A. in Counseling. While completing these degrees, I also served in the Florida Army National Guard. I began my education career in 1998 at Lake Myrtle Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes where I worked as a School Counselor. During this time, I was awarded a fellowship to complete my studies for an M.A. in Educational Leadership and earned it in 2007. I also worked one year at Wesley Chapel Elementary School as a School Counselor and then came to Odessa in 2012 to be the Assistant Principal. I am very thankful to be an Odessa Wildcat because it means that I get to work with the amazing community of staff, students and families at our school each day. My wife, Kimberly and I have been married for 26 years and have two children. Our daughter is a Speech Therapist in the school system and our son is a junior at USF.
Mrs. Vicki Rowland, Assistant Principal
I am honored to be the newest administrative addition to the Odessa Elementary family. My educational experience began by working in Early Childhood Education and I later went on to earn my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, graduating from St. Petersburg College. I joined Pasco County Schools in 2005 as a teacher at Sunray Elementary School. After many years of teaching, I went on to pursue my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. I became the Assistant Principal of Hudson Elementary in 2015 and now I’m thrilled to be an Assistant Principal at Odessa!
I’m a native Floridian and I love spending time at the beaches and parks with my family. My husband John and I have one adult son.